Trump’s ‘impulsive’ decision to leave Syria undermines Israel’s interests, according to experts


( – The abrupt decision by U.S. President Donald Trump last week to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria has led to a major foreign-policy crisis in the region and worldwide.

Equally as important are the changing roles of Syria, Turkey, Russia, Iran and Israel in the immediate area....
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Netanyahu requests pardon from Putin for Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent an official request to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon an Israeli-American woman sentenced in Russia to 7 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into the country.

The request submitted on Sunday to pardon Naama Issachar, 26, and...
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Palestinian Authority will accept tax money collected for it by Israel

The Palestinian Authority agreed to again accept tax money collected on its behalf by Israel, after it stopped taking the revenue several months ago.

The Palestinians had stopped accepting the money in February, after Israel said it would not distribute part of the revenues, amounting to more than $138 million, because...
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Netanyahu-Liberman meeting makes no progress toward forming coalition government

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, who prevented Netanyahu from forming a coalition government following elections in April, lasted for less than an hour and failed to make progress toward forming a unity government.

“Netanyahu offered Lieberman to join the government as soon...
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Demi Lovato apologizes to fans offended by her Israel visit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Demi Lovato had gushed about her “magical” visit to Israel, saying she felt a “sense of spirituality” there.

Now the 27-year-old pop star and actress is apologizing to those who may have been offended by her trip.

In Israel, Lovato made three posts earlier this week on...
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Israeli diplomats around the world go on strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The employees of Israel’s foreign and defense ministries around the world have gone on strike.

The strike means that there are no consular services both in Israel and abroad. It also means that all border crossings between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza are closed, Ynet...
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There are now more than 9 million people living in Israel

(JTA) — There are now 9.092 million people living in Israel.

The country’s Central Bureau of Statistics released the number in its annual report ahead of the Jewish new year, which starts on Sunday evening.

The total represents an increase of 184,00 people, or 2.1 percent, since last Rosh Hashanah....
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Most Israelis want Orthodox parties out of government, survey says


(JTA) — Israeli voters delivered an inconclusive result in last week’s election. More than a week after the vote, it’s still unclear what shape Israel’s government will take.

But a majority of Jewish voters is clear on one thing: They want their next government to be less...
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Arab Joint List recommends Benny Gantz to form the next government

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Arab Joint List recommended to President Reuven Rivlin that Blue and White head Benny Gantz be tapped to form the next government in order to end the political career of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Joint List head Ayman Odeh explained his coalition’s decision in an op-ed...
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Video from Shalom Hartman Institute

For those who missed the nearly two hour-long broadcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute on the evening of the Israeli elections, here is the link to follow: